Swimmer ‘stable’ after close call

PO‘IPU — A 67-year-old Kansas man injured in a Sunday morning body-surfing incident is safe in part to fellow swimmers and a passer-by, county officials said.

The Kaua‘i Fire Department reports that at approximately 9:30 a.m. medics were called via dispatch to Po‘ipu Beach near Brennecke’s where the man needed medical attention with a possible neck or back injury.

A passer-by called 911 when he saw the man lying on the beach after being brought to shore. Lifeguards from the Po‘ipu tower arrived after the man was on-shore, conscious and talking. As a precautionary measure, they placed him on a backboard, county officials said.

Firefighters from the Koloa station took over upon arrival. Medics brought the man to Wilcox Memorial Hospital for treatment. A Wilcox spokesperson said the man is in stable condition.

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